On July 15

It’s interesting to look back on what happened on July 15th in history to see how far humanity has progressed or regressed in some cases.

On this day in history, July 15th, the world was wracked with many battles and declarations. Let’s take a trip through time and see what went down on this day, July 15th through history.

Famous Historical Events

1099: During the First Crusade, Christian forces spilling out of Europe seized and plundered the Holy City of Jerusalem. 

1381: Richard the Second of England had the leader of the Peasants’ Revolt, John Ball, hung, drawn, and quartered. 

Richard the Second of England

1410: One of the largest battles ever fought in European history took place during the Poland-Lithuanian Teutonic War between Polish King Wladyslaw Jagiello, and the Lithuanian Grand Duke Vytautas, who teamed up to defeat Teuton Ulrich von Jungingen. The battle is known by several names- First Battle of Tannenberg, the Battle of Zalgiris, and the Battle of Grunwald. 

1500: The infamous “Blood Wedding” took place between Astorre Baglione and Lavinia Colonna. 

1799: French Captain Pierre-Francois Bouchard found The Rosetta Stone in Egypt during Napoleon’s Egyptian Campaign. 

The Rosetta Stone

1948: Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Great Britain. 

1955: 18 Nobel laureates signed the Mainau Declaration against nuclear weapons. Later, 34 more laureates co-signed the document. 

1983: ASALA bombs the Turkish Airlines check-in counter at Orly Airport in Paris. 

1994: Astronomers observe the first-ever collision between two celestial objects when Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter. 

1996: Prince Charles and Princess Diana sign the divorce papers. 

Prince Charles and Princess Diana

1996: Microsoft and General Electric’s NBC unit launch MSNBC. Jodi Applegate hosted the first show. 

Famous Birthdays

1606: Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest painters in European art and Dutch history. He invented new genres in art that defied the conventional Baroque techniques at the time. 

1950: Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington founded the popular news website The Huffington Post, which receives more than 200 million unique monthly visitors. Early in her career, Huffington was known as a liberal democrat, before switching to more conservative views in the mid-1990s. Later, she re-adopted liberal political beliefs. 

1858: Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

Leader of the British Suffragette movement, Pankhurst founded the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1903. 

1961: Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

A famous actor, Whitaker is best known for his roles in The Last King of Scotland, The Butler, and Phone Booth. 

Famous Deathdays

1521: Juan Ponce de Leon

Juan Ponce de Leon

Ponce de Leon was one of the first Europeans to discover Florida, claiming it contained the “fountain of youth.”

1904: Anton Chekhov 

Anton Chekhov

Chekhov is one of Russia’s most famous playwrights and short-story writers. He died on this day in history of tuberculosis, one of the most prolific killers of the time. Almost half of the population was infected with TB in the age before antibiotics and modern medicine.

David McCullough, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, author, and historian, once said that history is who we are and why we are the way we are. Rarely do people realize when they are directly involved in a pivotal event – the consequences of which will reverberate throughout the ages.

Thanks to the internet, it’s easy to look back through history and see exactly what happened on any particular day. After all, history is a part of who we are and why we are that way. Check back next year on July 15th to see what other famous events will happen on this day in the modern age over the course of another year.

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